At the beginning of the Kestrel series, Mike Holland is leaving, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t make an impact. He has been on the Kestrel for 5 years, working with Captain Joseph. It was Joseph who promoted him to First Officer, and recommended him for his own command.
Holland has the traditional hero looks – tall, dark and handsome. Martin has used this to advantage on occasion, because when he and Holland stand together, people can easily mistake Holland for the Captain. But Holland is not cocky, he has taken the time to learn all he can from his crewmates. He has taken the time to get to know the crew, which can be a double-edged sword. You can’t be friends and their commanding officer too. When he leaves, his replacement finds it hard because the crew are used to a softer approach.
He has been promoted to captain, and due to take over the Falcon, but there is one last mission, and what they discover means he has to take over sooner so the Kestrel can go on a dangerous mission.